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GOP Brings Privacy Concerns to Healthcare Debate

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

October 14, 2011

House Republicans are asking government health leaders to block the Obama Administration's healthcare legislation, saying that the plan will mean giving the federal government access to citizens' medical records, reports The Hill. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) writes, "Regardless of whether the data collection would involve raw claims data or individual risk scores, the creation of such a risk adjustment database constitutes extreme government overreach, impinges on patients' rights to privacy and jeopardizes fair competition in the healthcare market." Steve Larsen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said in a blog post that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services "does not propose that states collect personal data such as name, Social Security number or address for the risk adjustment program."
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